Announcing Vancouver 2014 and Idaho 2015

Hot on the heels of Alaska 2013, the steering committee is pleased to announce the sites for the 2014 and 2015 regional conferences. In keeping with our on-Interstate-5-one-year/off-Interstate-5-the-next-year trend, the 2014 conference will be back on the I-5 corridor. We are thrilled to be returning to Canada for another regional. (We were last in Calgary in 2011. US-based attendees, check if your passport will still be valid!). We are even more thrilled to be back at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown in Vancouver, the site of our 2008 conference.

VANCOUVER 2014
March 20-22
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown

Top five reasons we chose this site:

5. It’s on the I-5 corridor and/or has a major airport. Transportation logistics should be fairly straight-forward.

4. It’s right in downtown Vancouver, just a couple of blocks from Vancouver Harbour, Stanley Park and Gastown.

3. Great shopping and restaurants within walking distance. The hotel is just a couple of blocks off Robson Street.

2. It’s a beautiful hotel with a great conference staff and facilities. The conference facilities are spacious and we were able to negotiate for free wireless for all attendees.

1. It’s Vancouver, B.C. Do we really need another reason?

Right after that contract was signed, it was on to our off-the-Interstate-5 conference location for 2015 and the state of Idaho was up in the rotation. We were last there in Boise in 2007. This time, we scoped out Coeur d’Alene and are pleased to announce the regional conference will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in 2015.

IDAHO 2015
March 11-13
The Coeur d’Alene Golf and Spa Resort

Top five reasons we chose this site:

5. The resort will provide a discounted shuttle rate to/from Spokane International Airport. Self/valet parking prices will also be discounted.

4. The resort is right on Lake Coeur d’Alene with all the obvious lake-side attractions. As the name suggests, the golf course and a gorgeous spa are also key attractions.

3. Just a block away, Sherman Avenue provides good shopping and restaurant options.

2. Nice conference facilities, all on one level. Free wireless for all attendees.

1. We had a successful conference in Boise and wanted to give another Idaho city a try. Plus, did we mention there was a spa?

We posted more pictures from the scout trips on the Facebook page. Check them out. And don’t forget to save the dates. Plus, it’s never too early to volunteer to serve on a conference planning committee. If you’re interested, let us know, especially if you want to throw your name in the ring to serve as the conference chair…

Now, it’s onward to 2016. The state of Washington is up next. Seattle is an obvious choice. Any other suggestions?

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